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James Clear
James Clear writes at, where he shares ideas for using behavior science to improve your performance and master your habits. For fresh ideas on how to live a healthy life — both mentally and physically — join his free newsletter. Or, download his 45-page guide called Transform Your Habits.

Entries by James Clear

Haters and Critics: How to Deal with People Judging You and Your Work

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2015 | 12:50 PM

It doesn't matter how you choose to live your life -- whether you build a business or work a corporate job; have children or choose not to have children; travel the world or live in the same town all of your life; go to the gym five times a week...

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How to Stay Focused When You Get Bored Working Toward Your Goals

(0) Comments | Posted October 1, 2015 | 5:11 PM

We all have goals and dreams, but it can be difficult to stick with them.

Each week, I hear from people who say things like, "I start with good intentions, but I can't seem to maintain my consistency for a long period of time."

Or, they will say, "I struggle...

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Plan for Chaos: How to Stick to Your Health Goals When Life Gets Crazy

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2015 | 4:18 PM

I played baseball in college. During the offseason, my teammates and I would battle through friendly Strongman competitions where we would flip a giant tractor tire, drag a sled full of weights, and generally push, pull, and throw heavy, oddly-shaped things.

Occasionally, there would be an event where someone would...

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How to Chase Your Dreams and Reinvent Yourself

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 3:05 PM

In 1965, a young man named Tom graduated from college with a degree in English.

Soon after, Tom took a job with an insurance company in Connecticut. After working there for seven years, he transitioned to a new role in the industry and started working for an insurance agency. He...

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3 Surprisingly Simple Things You Can Do Right Now to Build Better Habits

(0) Comments | Posted September 17, 2015 | 2:37 PM

Building good habits can be difficult.

That's especially true if you want to stick with them for the long-term. Thankfully, there are a few simple strategies that you can use to build better habits and break bad ones.

I'm not going to pretend like these ideas are the only way...

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Do the Painful Things First

(0) Comments | Posted September 10, 2015 | 12:38 PM

Before I became an entrepreneur, I went to business school. While studying for my MBA, there was one lesson that I learned which has proved to be useful over and over again in my life.

I was sitting in a marketing class and we were discussing ways to design a...

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Forget About Setting Goals -- Focus on This Instead

(1) Comments | Posted September 9, 2015 | 6:13 PM

We all have things that we want to achieve in our lives -- getting into the better shape, building a successful business, raising a wonderful family, writing a best-selling book, winning a championship, and so on.

And for most of us, the path to those things starts by setting a...

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You're Not Good Enough to Be Disappointed

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2015 | 1:05 PM

Dan John is a weightlifting coach. He is well-known in the fitness world for keeping things simple. As regular readers know, simplicity matches up well with my exercise philosophy. (Dan John also has two first names. And you should always fear a man with two first names.)


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What Every Successful Person Knows, But Never Says

(1) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 6:44 PM

Ira Glass is the host and executive producer of the popular National Public Radio show, This American Life.

Each week, This American Life is broadcast to more than 1.7 million listeners across 500 different radio stations. For Glass, who is featured in almost every episode, the show has led to...

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If You Sit at a Computer All Day This Mobility Exercise Will Change Your Life in 30 Seconds

(3) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 9:21 AM

If you're like me, you probably spend a lot of time in front of a computer screen.

In fact, you probably spend a lot of time in a hunched over position. Whether it's sitting at a desk, in a car, or on the couch, the default position for many people...

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How to Be Thankful for Life By Changing Just One Word

(0) Comments | Posted August 13, 2015 | 8:01 AM

My college strength and conditioning coach Mark Watts taught me an important lesson that applies to life outside of the gym...

As adults, we spend a lot of time talking about all of the things that we have to do.

You have to wake up early for work. You have...

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Why Trying to Be Perfect Won't Help You Achieve Your Goals (And What Will)

(0) Comments | Posted August 11, 2015 | 8:24 AM

We all have goals that are important to us. But is it our drive to achieve a certain outcome that makes us better? Or something else entirely?

In the book Art & Fear (audiobook), authors David Bayles and Ted Orland share a surprising story about a ceramics teacher....

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Do You Have to Be Unhappy Now If You Want to Be Successful Later?

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2015 | 7:34 PM

Most of us, at some point or another, think that we will be happy once we achieve a particular goal.

I'll be happy after I...

  • graduate from college
  • make a million dollars
  • get married
  • lose 40 pounds
  • get a job

...and so on.

To be clear, I have been guilty...

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40 Years of Stanford Research Found That People With This One Quality Are More Likely to Succeed

(22) Comments | Posted July 2, 2015 | 2:46 PM

In the 1960s, a Stanford professor named Walter Mischel began conducting a series of important psychological studies.

During his experiments, Mischel and his team tested hundreds of children -- most of them around the ages of 4 and 5 years old -- and revealed what is now believed to be...

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How to Stick With Good Habits Even When Your Willpower Is Gone

(0) Comments | Posted June 28, 2015 | 9:33 PM

Most people think that building better habits or changing your actions is all about willpower or motivation. But the more I learn, the more I believe that the number one driver of better habits and behavior change is your environment.

Let me drop some science into this article and show...

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Strategies I'm Using to Stay Fit While Traveling

(2) Comments | Posted June 21, 2015 | 10:14 AM

I believe that we are meant to live physical lives, which is why I love training, weightlifting and athletic competition. But I also believe that we are meant to explore the world around us, which is why I love adventure, photography, and travel.

But balancing these two passions can be...

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Treat Failure Like a Scientist

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 2:37 PM

I recently had a wonderful conversation with my friend, Beck Tench. During our chat, Beck told me about an interesting shift in thinking that occurred while she worked at a science museum.

During her time there, Beck said that she learned how to treat failure like a scientist.

How does...

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Rome Wasn't Built in a Day, But They Were Laying Bricks Every Hour

(0) Comments | Posted June 18, 2015 | 12:56 PM

John Heywood was an English playwright who lived hundreds of years ago.

Today, Heywood is known for his poems, proverbs, and plays. But more than any one work, it's his phrases that have made him famous. For example, here are some popular sayings that have been attributed to Heywood...

  • "Out...
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The Power of Less: I Removed Every Inessential Thing From My Website and Here's What Happened

(0) Comments | Posted June 11, 2015 | 12:36 PM

When I built my first website a little over three years ago, I had no idea what I was doing.

Naturally, I figured that looking at what other websites and blogs had on their pages would be a good place to start. I started seeing sites with social media buttons,...

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I Watched an Artist Create Stained Glass and Learned An Important Lesson About Life

(0) Comments | Posted June 9, 2015 | 12:56 PM

Until recently, I had never been inside a stained glass studio. And then, without any planning at all, I found myself inside two different studios over the span of three days. Strange how life works like that.

I assumed that I would see some nicely colored works windows or something...

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